Early-Bird discount for Cabaret, 2015 season


(photo – Jan Wirdeier)

This spectacular production of Cabaret returns to the Tipi am Kanzleramt this summer and you can get 25% off tickets prices if you book by June 1st.

Based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood and the stage adaptation I am a Camera by John van Druten, Cabaret takes you directly to the last years of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the fascism that ended the ‘golden twenties’.

“The year 1929 is drawing to a close as the young American writer Clifford Bradshaw arrives in Berlin, in search of material for his new novel. He rents a cheap room in Fräulein Schneider’s guesthouse. He spends his first evening in one of the many temples to pleasure that Berlin had to offer in the 1920s – The Kit Kat Klub, where he meets Fräulein Sally Bowles…… “ 

(photo – Jan Wirdeier)

Cabaret – Das Musical

June 20th to September 20th 2015

Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm (20:00), Sundays at 7pm (19:00)

Tipi am Kanzleramt

Große Querallee, 10557, Berlin-Tiergarten


030 39 06 65 50


For discount, book tickets under the keyword “Early-Bird”

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Jeanne Mammen


(pic: db-artmag.com)

Artist and Illustrator Jeanne Mammen lived and worked on the fourth floor of the rear building at Ku’damm 29 for over 50 years. Berlin born, she studied art in Paris, Brussels and Rome before returning home to work as an Illustrator for fashion magazines and as a poster designer for film company Ufa.  Her first exhibition at the Galerie Gurlitt, in 1930, was universally acclaimed by Berlin art critics and took its inspiration from the streets, featuring depictions of strong, confident women and the burgeoning lesbian community of the late 1920s.


(pic: Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung)

Her work was denounced by the Nazi regime and banned from publication, forcing her into poverty.  During the war she made a small income by selling second-hand books and journals from a handcart in the streets, and creating art from the rubble left by the bombing. After the war she joined the existentialist cabaret Die Badewanne (The Bathtub) creating scenery, backdrops and costumes, but lead a very reclusive life amid a very small circle of artistic friends.


(pic: andrejkoymasky.com)

She continued to draw and paint right up to her death at the age of 86, and her work is now in the permanent collection of the Berlinische Galerie. It is possible to take a tour of her studio at Ku’damm 29 by contacting Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung at www.jeanne-mammen.de


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A Walk Along The Ku’damm

I am thrilled to announce that my first book has just been published to Kindle and is now available to buy.

Below are all the links to various territories it is available in. Hopefully a print version will follow in the not too distant future

I hope you enjoy it and walk the walk!



For the US


For the UK


For Germany


For France


For Spain


For Italy


For The Netherlands


For Japan


For Brazil


For Canada


For Mexico


For Australia


For India



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Review – Oropax in Chaos Royal at the Tipi am Kanzleramt

OropaxChaos Royal

It wasn’t the usual start to proceedings for the Tipi’s resident Hausdame, Marlene Deluxe, when her nightly “Welcome to the Tipi/ please extinguish the candles/switch off mobile phones/ thank you to the sponsors and have a lovely evening” speech was derailed by the arrival on-stage of the Oropax crew – the chaos had begun!

Sets are positioned, props arrive, lights are adjusted and an announcement made on how late the show will actually begin… It doesn’t of course.

(pic – Tipi am Kanzleramt)

Brothers Volker & Thomas Martins are exceptional, gifted performers and a joy to watch. With a 30-year history of performing and 20 years as a duo, the jokes, puns and absurd comedy characters come thick and fast.

It felt, at times, like a combination of the physicality of a young Reeves & Mortimer combined with the dense and layered wordplay of Round The Horne – with a lot of toilet gags thrown in for good measure.

It is, however, not a show for non-native German speakers – when your native-German, fluent-English companion explains that you need to know about a 1960s Czech children’s TV character to get the joke, you know you are out of your depth!


(pic – Tipi am Kanzleramt)

A thoroughly enjoyable if, at times, mystifying evening and the full-house audience on the first night were hooked-in right from the start.


14. January – 2. February 2015 (not Jan 25th)

Tues – Sat 20:00, entry from 18:30

Sun 19:00, entry from 17:30

Tickets: € 16,60 – 29,50

Concessions: € 12,50



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Oskar ‘Ossy’ Gades

Oskar ‘Ossy’ Gades was a stalwart of Berlin’s Nollendorfplatz bar and nightclub scene.

From 1929 to 1932 he was a regular transvestite door-host and ‘taxi-dancer’ at the famous Eldorado club on Motzstrasse. Customers could buy tokens at the bar to exchange for dances and at the end of the evening the proceeds were divided between the ‘girls’ and the musicians.

He is almost certainly one of the people featured in the now-iconic series of photographs ‘Transvestites at the Eldorado’ held by the Bundesarchiv.

When increasingly anti-gay legislation was put in place in 1932, the Eldorado was forced to close – there was now a ban on same-sex dancing – Ossy found a job as a barman at the Dorian Gray bar in nearby Bülowstraße. This was to be short-lived as gay bars and clubs began to be raided and closed-down across the city, and the Dorian Gray was no exception.

In 1933, he moved to a job in the ‘safer’ surroundings of the DéDé Bar in the same street, a well known men-only venue.  Despite being part-owned by a Sturmabteilung (SA) Lieutenant and, by 1934 renamed the Bülow-Krug, the protection offered to this controversial gay bar was not extended to Ossy.

He was constantly arrested, interrogated and beaten for dressing in women’s clothes and by the end of 1934 he had been deported to Lichtenburg concentration camp. This camp was one of the first and housed mostly political prisoners and gay men.

He died there in 1938, aged 36.


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